It’s a race against time for rescuers who are continuing their search for 25-year-old woman who got lost during a hike on Monday evening.
Emergency services first got the call at around 6pm from a woman who said she got lost during her hike at Kowloon Peak, also known as Fei Ngo Shan.
According to on.cc, the woman mentioned during the call that the battery on her cell phone was low. Rescuers were unable to track the phone’s signal and confirm the woman’s identity before the phone ran out of battery.
Firefighters, and the Government Flying Service were dispatched but had to postpone the search at 10pm that night, Ming Pao reports.
The search resumed at 9am yesterday morning, and the police tactical unit joined, but the female hiker was still not found, and the operation had to be postponed again last night.
Speaking to Ming Pao, Chung Kin-man — a veteran mountaineer and the first Hongkonger to reach seven continental summits including Mount Everest — said that Kowloon Peak has a number of routes, and some of these require people to navigate trickier terrain in order to advance.
As a lot of these routes are not clearly marked, this means that less experienced hikers can easily get lost.
Given that Kowloon Peak is quite close to the ominously-named ‘Suicide Cliff’, Chung added that a small mistake can be fatal, and reminded people hoping to hike on Kowloon Peak not to do it alone.
The news comes one week after six teenage girls were rescued after getting lost on the same hiking trail.